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Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update

Updated 28th July 2020

This update reflects the latest government’s announcements regarding COVID-19 made up to the 27th July 2020.

Trust Services

We are very pleased to announce that our Complementary Team are returning to work on a phased basis starting with the opening of our Sidley Therapy Centre on Monday the 10th August. Our Therapists are very pleased to be returning to continue the work that they love and know is so important to so many local people.

Over the last few weeks our Lead Complementary Therapist has been working on a number of important areas critical to our return to work programme. These include implementing enhanced hygiene and safety measures to ensuring the safety of our Service users and staff, as well as re-establishing care plans for existing service users. We will continue to provide regular updates as we move forward over the coming weeks and months and start to offer therapies again at St Michael’s Hospice, The Rye Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital, and, in the longer term, in the home.

The Trust continues to provide a range of remote based services. Support available includes counselling, group yoga (beginner and maintenance classes), mindfulness and carer support.

For more information about our services please contact us on 01424 456608 or email

Our Support Operations

We are very pleased to announce our first Virtual Quiz Night is taking place later today! Why not join us with your team and compete to win a delicious afternoon tea delivered to your door by the fabulous Hassle Free Afternoon Tea! Entry is £5 per team of up to 6 people.

And speaking of delicious tea and cake, if you hold an Afternoon Tea For Sara Lee, you can now get discounts from local bakeries The Cupcake Baby and Candy Cakes Creations. So now you can save while you fundraise!

We have also teamed up with Different Travel to bring you some fantastic challenge event opportunities. This autumn we can offer a choice of three British adventure weekends: Jurassic Coast Trek, Welsh Adventure and Hadrian’s Wall. We can also announce that our Trek to Petra has been moved to Spring 2022 – with final dates to be confirmed. See our Challenge Page to find out more and to express your interest.

Please contact with your fundraising ideas and plans or for more information about our fundraising events and activity.

Charity Retail

We now have a new and dedicated Charity Retail Website – please visit

Our return to retail has given us a very successful first few weeks and our volunteers and staff continue to work incredibly hard to make our shops a safe, happy place to be.

We are very pleased to announce that our Endwell Road shop has now increased it's opening hours to Tues - Sat 10 am - 3.30 pm and through August our Ore and 2nd Silverhill shop will also be opening. See our Sara Lee Trust Retail website for up to date information.

We currently have several sales on so pop in and grab a bargain, Women's Clothing at Silverhill and Endwell Road, China and Vintage at Western Road. 

Our Ebay shop now has designated charity status which enables us to provide much more choice in the way of online stock and volunteers will soon be able to become 'community sellers' and support us by selling on behalf of the Trust. We will be launching the new eBay shop shortly. If you would like to find out more information on becoming a community seller or on our retail activity in general, please get in touch via

Follow us on Facebook @SaraLeeTrustShops to stay up to date on sales and in store events.

The pathway towards the “new normal” and a financially stable future continues to be very challenging and we are incredibly thankful for the ongoing efforts, support and goodwill of all those involved with the Trust. Those collective efforts are not only very much appreciated but are making a huge positive difference to our ability to cope with the very damaging impacts of the pandemic.

With our thanks and best wishes,

The Sara Lee Trust Team

How to help limit the spread of the Virus

We cannot emphasise strongly enough the importance of hand washing on a regular basis, such as after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze or before you eat or handle food, as well as sanitising your hands if there are no hand washing facilities available. Also, to remember to ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ in the event of any common cold symptoms.

What guidance is available from the NHS?

NHS Advice

NHS 111 Online - general advice and symptom checker

What advice is there from the UK Government?

UK Government advice

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